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Chorus  (Chorus)



It begins like a fairy tale. It starts with a ritual. A bard appears on the screen and sings.

Glory be the new gods who have descended to the Earth!

The chairman of the gods, concerned over the problem of want, arranges for a hundred jobs. But thousands queue for them. Too many people, too many faces, too many problems! The crowd gets disillusioned and popular discontent is mobilized as word spreads that this is just another hoax. The Chorus as well as performing the traditional role of the storyteller provides the political message, juxtaposing stylization and caricature with neo-realist and documentary sequences and direct address to the camera.


Language Bengali (1974, Black & White)
Producer Mrinal Sen Productions
Story Mohit Chattopadhyay
Golam Kuddus
Mrinal Sen
Camera K. K. Mahajan
Music Ananda Shankar
Cast Utpal Dutt
Sekhar Chatterjee
Dilip Roy
Haradhan Bannerjee
Ajoy Bannerjee
Subhendu Chatterjee
Gita Sen
Rasaraj Chakraborty
Supantha Bhattacharjee
Awards National Award - Best Film
National Award - Best Music (Ananda Shankar)
Moscow Film Festival - Silver Medal
Berlin Film Festival - FRIPRESI Award


chorus2j.jpg (34442 bytes) The procession of 30,000 job seekers
Standing in line for the application forms chorus3j.jpg (28802 bytes)
chorus5j.jpg (36961 bytes) Supantha Bhattacharya, one of the applicants
K. K. Mahajan on a Calcutta high-rise rooftop, capturing the leaflet drop chorus10j.jpg (39569 bytes)
chorus11j.jpg (37190 bytes) Mrinal Sen blowing miniature leaflets on a scale model of the castle. The Model was designed and built by Khaled Chowdhury.
During the shooting chorus12j.jpg (39114 bytes)
chorus13j.jpg (24145 bytes) Robi Ghosh
Mrinal sen looking at the design of some promotional materials chorus15j.jpg (29933 bytes)